The government of Burkina Faso launched their National Action Plan in 2012. The NAP was created to establish a framework, strategies and actions for coordinated implementation of UNSCR 1325 and 1820. It aims at responding to the widespread cases of conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) by pushing all armed groups to cease the practice as well as the need for protection of women and girls in conflict. The Ministry for Women’s Promotion, the Ministry of Human Rights and Civil Promotion were the lead actors on the development of the NAP. Civil society was not included in any meaningful way to the development of the NAP.
Burkina Faso has no history of armed conflict; however, numerous military coups in the 1970s and 80s have led to political instability in the state. Burkina Faso is a key contributor to UN Peacekeeping missions with almost 3,000 dedicated personnel. Although Burkina Faso has a 30% quota for women’s participation in Parliament, in the 2012 election, they only committed to 16%. Additionally, Burkina Faso has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world and faces high rates of female genital cutting and domestic violence.
Burkina Faso provided updates from pages 52-56 in its report in preparation for CSW64 and Beijing+25 which reflect on the implementation of Women, Peace and Security, in particular UNSCR 1325 and 1820.